CAF Lends Support To 2-Year FIFA World Cup Cycle, Reveals Kickoff For 2021-22 Inter Club Competitions

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has lent its support to FIFA’s plan to organise the men’s and women’s World Cups every two years.

CAF’s Executive Committee (EXCO) made their position known at the weekend in a meeting chaired by president Dr. Patrice Motsepe in Rabat, Morocco on Friday.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino had laid out the world body’s plan to reduce the cycle for its flagship tournaments for the men’s and women’s national teams to every two years instead of the current four year cycle to accelerate the development of the game around the world.

The proposals have elicited mixed reactions around the world but Africa’s football body has weighed in with their full support for the plans.

“The Executive Committee gave its support to the project of a men’s and women’s World Cup every two years, which was formulated during the last FIFA Congress. The committee asked that FIFA be informed of this favourable reception,” a CAF statement said.

The Executive Committee also called for the full implementation and exploration of “the legal consequence” of the conclusions of the final report of the audit launched by PwC in March 2021.

The PwC report had found numerous instances of institutional corruption, embezzlement and abuse of power in CAF operations, part of which led to the downfall of previous president Ahmad who is currently serving a multi-year ban from all football-related activities.

“The implementation of these recommendations will make CAF more attractive to its current and potential partners and sponsors, as its President Patrice Motsepe recalled in his 10-point program,” the CAF statement from Friday’s meeting said.

Furthermore, the EXCO announced that the interclub competitions for the 2021/2022 season will kick-off on 10 September 2021.

The draw for the preliminary rounds will be made on 15 August 2021 at the latest, CAF said.

Al Ahly beat Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday to retain the Champions League and claim a record-extending 10th title while Raja Casablanca beat JS Kabylie to win the Confederation Cup.

Bids to host the interclub finals will be opened in November 2021.

The Executive Committee also instructed the Interclub Competitions Committee to accelerate the feasibility study of the African Supranational League project championed by FIFA and CAF.